- Mar 5, 2021
To add to this an armoured Chinese offensive runs the risk of a brutal counter attack from Indian mechanised and armoured formations. Sino-Indian conflicts are largely going to be centered around Infantry, artillery, air power and a few key armour-intensive axis of advance at best. It really boils down to application more than technology, even in SEAD/DEAD operations. Ultimately however whosoever wins air supremacy wins the war, provided it goes that long.The structure of their Combined Arms Brigade ( medium and heavy only) suggests that these are meant to be highly maneuverable and firepower centric . But this structure has it's constraints when we are talking about employing them against india in the himalayas . The terrain suits for armoured warfare in Certain Places like spanggur gap and depsang plains but there is little space to maneuver . armoured and mechanised warfare is all about out maneuvering , out flanking and running over your enemy's defences . But due to the limited space available it is not possible for large Brigade sized formations to out maneuver indian defences which have been dug in pretty well and that too in a limited space with heavy concentration of indian troops per square mile of land . So whatever they will want to do by employing their Heavy and Medium CABGs , we can safely assume that their maneuvering capability won't be a big problem thanks to lack of depth of the areas suitable for mechanised warfare. The other factor besides maneuvering is firepower . heavy and medium CABGs are essentially firepower centric and use it to soften up, weaken and overcome enemy defences rather than using massed infantry that the chinese used before in the wars in Korea ( indian army used a balanced mix of heavy firepower and massed infantry to overcome pakistani positions in kargil because we were not permitted to cross the LoC to outflank their defences ) . Our current structure for armoured brigades is very integrated with all combat arms being present in the brigade and in fact rivals the chinese structure for Heavy CABGS except for the fact that we don't have rocket artillery at brigade level .